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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Jan 4, 2011 10:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Tens?

Sort of tough because this is the kind of thing that can change from month to month (or even week to week).

Hearing so many new shows lately, and starting to heavily favor the early years doesn't help either. Anyways, here goes:

1968:

1/20
1/23
2/2
2/14
6/14
8/21
8/24
10/12
10/20
12/29

1969:

2/7
2/22
2/28
3/1
4/5
4/13
4/21
4/23
5/31
11/2

(HM: three way tie between 4/22, 6/7 and 12/28; there's just too many great shows this year!)

1970:

2/11
2/13
2/14
4/15
5/2
5/6
5/15
6/24
9/19
9/20

1972:

4/8
4/14
4/24
4/26
5/11
5/26
8/27
9/21
9/27
9/28

(HM: 11/17)

1973:

2/15
3/24
3/28(mostly for the 2nd set)
6/22
9/8
11/11
11/14
11/17
12/2
12/6

(HM: 2/28, 5/20)

1974:

2/24
5/19
5/25
6/16
6/18
6/26
6/28
7/19
7/31
9/18


CH, we do obviously have very similar tastes in early Dead, but specifically in 1973, your omission of 2/15 and 11/17 is surprising. Also, i don't feel 4/6/69 is nearly as strong as 4/5, but of course that's all imho...

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 5, 2011 4:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Tens?

I think your list is excellent. Certainly some interesting selections for 1969, particularly 4/13 and 5/31. I'm going to load those in my ipod and see what it is about them that gets them into your ten. And while I agree that 4/5 with its extraordinary MOTM>DS might be a better performance than 4/6, I just love the bare wires intensity of 4/6. The high energy Other One suite and Violas in particular do it for me.

I agree that 2/15 and 11/17 are among the best shows of 1973, but the year is packed with excellent music and it's a rather difficult year to narrow down to ten performances. There are a few more '73 shows I score in the 98+ point range. I guess I could say the same for your omission of 06/23/74 and that's what makes comparing lists so much fun...

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Jan 5, 2011 3:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Tens?

i totally agree...its the subjectivity of it all that makes it so interesting.

i feel 4/13/69 is one of the most under the radar and underrated shows of the year (ignore my hasty review). despite some minor sloppiness on a couple tracks and a brutal cut of the alligator jam, the playing on this show i think is remarkable, particularly during Dark Star. the pre-verses jamming (mostly driven by Garcia) has got to be some of the most creative and inspired ever! The Morning Dew, Lovelight and a jazzy version of The Eleven are also some great cuts.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 6, 2011 1:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Tens?

Well I re-listened to 4/13/69 after having not listened to the show for several years. I don't have the Miller upgrade but I do have Cotsman's remaster. I really liked the outro jam on Morning Dew as well as the high-energy Dark Star and nicely jammed Eleven.

It's a solid '69 performance but really not much more than that. I would score it in the low to mid 90's. Hard for me to understand how it makes your top-ten for 1969 when 11/8 and 12/30 don't.

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Jan 6, 2011 7:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Tens?

yah i realize its pretty subjective, i don't expect you to agree with me on that one. i don't always pick favorite shows based on qualities that are the most unique or superlative necessarily...its kind of what "hits" me the hardest. i do feel after repeated listens that the playing on this show is really strong, but much of it is Garcia driven; minus the Dark Star its not as much of a "fingers of the same hand" kind of performance the way that maybe 2/28 is. but like i said its a pretty under the radar show and certainly there are other, more unique performances that many would place far ahead of it. I highly recommend listening to the Miller transfer, it sounds great!

while i do much enjoy 11/8 for its very unique jams, its always been a show that doesn't quite gel with me right, in the way that these others do. call me crazy, but i really can't put my finger on it exactly. the whole of fall '69 and a lot of 1970 certainly has a far different feel than late '68- early '69; deliberate, slower tempos, and spacier, more open jamming, which of course makes for some incredible performances (some of my favorite shows, like 11/2/69 or 2/13/70) but just doesn't quite do it for me like the fast paced, fluid jamming of earlier in the year, that "bare wires" intensity you talked about.

same goes for 12/30, though i must admit that like 6/23/74, i'm also not as familiar with that show...i've tried to get into it a few times and its been a little difficult for me. i will definitely be giving that one some more listens though, it seems to be a highly regarded performance by many...

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Poster: jmb1 Date: Jan 5, 2011 5:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Tens?

7-1-73 PITB ....man that makes any top 10 for me....

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Jan 5, 2011 3:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Tens?

i must admit i'm still not familiar enough with 6/23/74 to make a solid judgment of it yet. a glaring omission i realize, but i think it may just make it into my top ten soon ;)

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